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In search of salt : changes in Beti (Cameroon) society, 1880-1960

Author: Frederick Quinn
Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2006.
Series: Cameroon studies, v. 6.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Relatively recent Bantu-speaking migrants to central Cameroon, the Beti have had an eventful history. Based on extensive interviews and traditional Beti (Fang) poetry, in addition to German and French archival sources, the author of this readable study recreates the social structure of the Beti and their self-perceptions in pre-colonial times, their disruptive encounters with first German (1880-1918) and then  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Quinn, Frederick.
In search of salt.
New York : Berghahn Books, 2006
(OCoLC)608349750
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frederick Quinn
ISBN: 184545006X 9781845450069
OCLC Number: 64592226
Description: vii, 175 pages, [6] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Traditional Beti society --
2. Social organization and the Sso rite --
3. "In the time of major dominik" : the Beti and the Germans, 1887-1916 --
4. The German presence : traders and missionaries --
5. The Beti and the French --
6. Times of expansion : the inland railroad, Cocoa production, the Catholic church --
7. The Beti from World War II to independence --
App. A. Traditional Beti literature --
App. B. Aspects of traditional Beti society, by Abbe Theodore Tsala --
App. C. English translation of appendix B --
Annex. Abbia stones / Frederick Quinn --
Annex. Eight Beti stones / Frederick Quinn.
Series Title: Cameroon studies, v. 6.
Responsibility: Frederick Quinn.

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"Relatively recent Bantu-speaking migrants to central Cameroon, the Beti have had an eventful history. Based on extensive interviews and traditional Beti (Fang) poetry, in addition to German and French archival sources, the author of this readable study recreates the social structure of the Beti and their self-perceptions in pre-colonial times, their disruptive encounters with first German (1880-1918) and then French (1918-1960) colonialism, until Cameroon's independence."--Jacket.

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